Riding Attire? A very elegant Lady Godiva was spotted not far from the main drag in Upperville recently. And this much is true; one irate woman whispered in my ear, “I think this is a travesty.” You see, the Lady Godiva in question was part of the hotly contested artistic division of the 44th Annual Daffodil Show presented by the Upperville Garden Club at Buchanan Hall.
The inspiration was “Women: Famous and Infamous,” and the competition was stiff. A note in the program
stated: “Bare your creativity.” No problem for Linda Dodderidge, Marcia Keech and Pat Sharp-Hyde, who won the contest hands down. Their clever arrangement, complete with flowing mane of asparagus fern, included an abundant and anatomically correct LG. Is it any wonder that writer John Updike once wrote a very fitting poem back in 1961, which began with:
In Upperville, the upper crust
Say “Bottoms Up!” from dawn to dusk
An “Ups-a-daisy, dear!” at will -
I want to live in Upperville.
JUMPING IN STYLE
The spring steeplechase season includes the legendary Maryland Hunt Cup in the horse country near Baltimore. It is a one race only affair with a purse of $75,000 over four miles and 22 (very tall and sturdy) timber fences.
The main attraction is the race ... not too many tailgates here. This year, as always, there were many from Middleburg watching: John Coles, Ann and Bill Backer, Sheryl and Henry Wood, Lennart and Lena Lundh and Leo and Winston Wood.
Race horse trainer
Barbara Graham made the day
trip over with Jill Waterman and
Ellen Waterman. Ellen’s daughter
Blair Wyatt rode Bug River and
led most of the way, only to finish
second to Stewart Strawbridge on
The Bruce. The race was run in
memory of D. Michael Smithwick,
who won the Hunt Cup a record
six times. His widow, Middleburg
horsewoman Dot Smithwick, and
other family members were on hand
for the trop hy presentation.
In Virginia, racing fans and tailgate
devotees gathered for the 82nd edition
of the $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup.
Nick Arundel, who has been an
important part of this event and
was given a
gold medal in a
produced and narrated by Brit Hume of Fox News.
When winning jockey Chip